Monday, August 22, 2016

Did You Know?

Just a few DYK's for you today...

Did you know that the measuring tape you have in your sewing space is most likely 5/8" wide? Our seam allowance in quilt-making is almost always 1/4", but if you do any garment-making, the seam allowance is usually 5/8". So measure the width of your tape measure, it may very well be a handy guide for you! ~ Info passed on by Kathy Feltmate, from Colette Patterns. Thanks Kathy!  (** I checked mine and it's 3/4"... just sayin'....)

Have you ever wondered where the tomato pincushion came from? In the early Middle Ages metal pins were costly and much harder to come by than they are today. They were often stored in special pin/needle cases  made from ivory, bone, silver or other metals. In the early 1700's pin-pillows came into use- the pincushion predecessor! They were made from beautiful fine fabrics and were often embroidered. Soon they were mounted on bases of silver, china or wood and used more as a home decor item. By the early 1900's pincushions were commonly used as a useful sewing aid.
Did you know that during Victorian times, when a family moved into a new home, it was common to place a fresh tomato on the mantle to ward off evil spirits, thereby bringing prosperity to the family? Since tomatoes were only available in summer, and didn't last long, they were often made from fabric instead, stuffed with sand or sawdust and made to look realistic with veins and leaves. It's easy to picture the busy lady of the house stabbing a few stray pins into the tomato, until she could put them back in their proper place with her sewing supplies....  ~ Info from Threads magazine

Have you ever made an Irish Chain quilt? Or have you ever wondered where the name came from? Did you know that the Irish began immigrating to North America in large numbers in the mid-1800's? When the American Civil War began, the Irish formed their own brigades with approximately 140,000 Irish soldiers fighting for the union. The Irish used a tool called an Irish Chain (Gunter's chain or surveying chain) as a measuring device for land surveying; it was made up of linked sections that fit together to form a single chain. Replace those links with squares and you have an Irish Chain quilt! ~ info from Fons and Porter

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Change of Show Venue

For anyone planning to travel to Grand Manan this weekend for the Tidal Threads Quilt Show, please note there has been a change of venue. The show will now be held in the Immanuel Family Church in Castalia. Please use the sanctuary entrance. Just follow route 776 "down island" from North Head, it will be on your left. If you come to the Irving gas bar and the Save Easy, you have gone too far. If you are planning on taking the ferry as a foot passenger, the "Quiltmobile" will still pick you up, transport you to the show, and return you to the ferry.

Monday, July 4, 2016

New Shop Location

Just in case you haven't heard, The Christmas Crab Quiltery has moved downtown. It is now located on the main floor of 158 Brunswick St. There is ample parking behind the building. Note the new hours: Monday to Friday, 9:30a.m. to 4p.m. and Saturday 9:30a.m. to 2p.m.

Note also the new phone number 206-6018.

Why not drop by soon and wish JoAnne best of luck in her new location?

Monday, June 20, 2016

Row by Row 2016

Tomorrow, June 21, marks the official start of the 2016 Row by Row Experience.  Are you ready? Car gassed up? Credit card or cash in wallet?
What, you don't know what Row by Row is?? Let me fill you in. It's like a summer Shop Hop, but without any fees or cards to stamp.You have the entire summer (until Sept. 6) to visit participating shops and pick up that shop's free pattern for a quilt row. Each participating shop has designed a row on the year's theme - the 2016 theme is "Home Sweet Home" and Timeless Treasures has created a line of fabric on the theme as well. Click here to see the fabrics, designed by Debra Gabel - there's even one to colour yourself!! Visit as many shops as you like to collect patterns - then assemble them into a quilt to win prizes. Every pattern/row will be unique. To qualify for a prize, you must complete a quilt using at least 8 different rows from 8 different 2016 participating shops. The quilt design is your own - the rows can be vertical, horizontal, arranged around a centre, whatever - your choice! If you are the first to bring in a completed quilt to a participating shop, you will win a stash of 25 fat quarters! Win a bonus prize by using that store's row in your quilt. (Note- "Completed" quilt means quilted, bound and labelled.) The deadline for submitting a quilt for a prize is October 31.
Participating shops are all over Canada and the USA, you can click here for the list. Shops are happy to give out one pattern per person, at no charge, to walk-in customers only. Patterns will not be mailed out or emailed. So have fun travelling, shopping and collecting! In keeping with the theme, why not start at home with the six participating NB shops - our two locals, The Christmas Crab Quiltery and Country Crafts and Curtains,  two in the Moncton area- The Covered Bridge Quiltery and The Fabric Cupboard, Town and Country Quilts in Rothesay and Spruce it Up Quilt Shop in Port Elgin.
Happy rowing!!

Friday, June 17, 2016

Using Poly Threads

Just a quick post today to pass on a bit of helpful info re. thread. I'm a lover of cotton threads, but I know some of you piece with polyester. I receive regular emails from Superior Threads and they are so great about allowing people to share their educational info, so here's today's tidbit....

"We always teach that when piecing with polyester thread, set the iron to medium heat. The length of time the iron is in contact with the thread also can affect the thread. Polyester thread can melt at temperatures above 300°. All irons are not equal in their temperature settings. Below are the average ranges of iron temperatures.

* An iron set at High = 300 to 400 degrees
* An iron set at Medium = 230 to 300 degrees
* An iron set at Low is below 230 degrees"

So there you go gals, something to keep in mind if you use poly threads in your quilting...

Monday, June 6, 2016

Wrapping Up Another Year

Our final meeting and potluck dinner was again a great success! We have many fine cooks within our membership! As always there was too much food, and the odd "I ate too much" groan could be heard... just sayin'...

The Starstruck Challenge was a success with a number of participants showing their creations... here are a few..

Our final executive meeting and dessert party is this week, and then we're out of school! It's summer vacation time!  What do you have planned for this summer? A big trip? Some interesting day trips? A quilt show or three? Be sure to check the sidebar for up to date listings of shows and events of interest, and if there is a show that's not listed, let me know so it can be added!

It's such fun to travel to quilt shows far and wide, but not everyone is able to do this, so here is another "armchair tour" for you to enjoy. Click here and here to view quilts from the World Painter's Challenge which was issued to quilters' groups in Japan, France and the USA. Participants were to create a piece of fibre art to represent the work of a famous painter, or to create a design of your choice in the style of that painter. Picasso, Monet, Renoir, Klimt, Matisse.. they're all represented! Thanks to Quilt Inspiration for the great photos. Enjoy!

Have a great summer, everyone!

Friday, April 15, 2016

Updates and Links....

 Ricky Tims is presenting his LAST Super Seminar in St. Charles IL in October. He has something new on the horizon for 2017... wonder what it will be... whatever it is, it's bound to be good! Some of our members have been fortunate to attend a Super Seminar when it was given close by. Everyone loves them- if by any chance you are going to be in the vicinity of St. Charles Illinois around October 20-22 definitely take advantage! You won't regret it!

For those of you familiar with American teacher Libby Lehman, you'll be happy to know she is sewing again! Ever an optimist and determined to recover after her debilitating brain aneurysm and stroke, she is making great progress.

It's been a while since we've had an "armchair quilt show tour" so here goes. Quilt Inspiration is one of the many blogs I follow, and recently they showed quilts from Quilt Arizona! the new name for the annual show by the Arizona Quilt Guild of Mesa AZ- click here and read back through the three most recent posts for some real eye candy! If that just whets your appetite, click here to see quilts from AQS Quilt Week in Phoenix. There are six posts in all, just keep clicking "Older Posts" at the bottom of the page.

Here are some great tips for using scraps...

How are you coming along with your Starstruck Challenge piece? If you need a little inspiration, click here and here for lots of star quilts to gaze at.. maybe something there will spark an idea...

Are you all ready for our meeting and Spring Cleanout Sale next week? I hope you are bringing lots of goodies to sell, and don't forget your loonies, toonies and fivers so you can take some treasures home!!

Friday, March 18, 2016

International Quilting Weekend

As you probably know, March is International Quilt Month. Tomorrow, Saturday the 19th, is International Quilt Day and this weekend is International Quilting Weekend. Do you have some quilty fun lined up? Of course there is our guild Community Projects workday tomorrow, that's a guaranteed good time! If you are in search of some inspiration, or information, The Quilt Show has 17 series of FREE shows for you this weekend, that's over 220 shows! Yep, that's right. March 18, 19 and 20, ALL their shows are free for anyone to watch, you do not have to be a member!  And there are lots of great prizes to be won too!
 Click here for all the details.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

March - National Quilting Month

March is National Quilting Month. We hope you are working on a special project to celebrate! Perhaps it's our guild challenge, or maybe a special quilt for a grandchild or a wedding gift. Whatever, hope you're having fun! Plan to attend our workday for Community Projects on March 19 which just happens to be National Quilting Day!  There will be lots going on, new skills to learn, fun to be had and a choice of things to work on. What more could one want?
It was unfortunate that our last meeting was cancelled due to poor weather, but we were lucky to be able to see Jean's Trunk Show on March 1st. Following are a few photos taken that day; those of you who couldn't be there can see a little of what you missed. Jean has produced an amazing collection of bed and lap quilts, wallhangings and various other quilted items using a wide variety of techniques learned at guild workshops and on her own. A talented member indeed!

Wow! What a show! Thanks so much Jean, we know a lot of time and effort went into your presentation. Our March meeting is coming right up on the 15th! See you there! Don't forget our little fundraiser for a quilting sister in need.